What are the benefits of serving in the Army National Guard? People serve for many different reasons. Some of the common reasons include patriotism, money, a college education, a pension, and many other reasons. With today’s economic uncertainty, the days of job security are long gone. As a result, many people are considering “part-time” military service as a “second” career or as a means to supplement their primary income.
Some of the major benefits of serving in the Army National Guard include:
- Tuition Assistance: If you’re trying to get money for college, the ARNG is awesome. In many cases, you will qualify for free in state tuition at local universities. And if not, you will at least get a nice discount.
- GI Bill: By enlisting in the ARNG, you can qualify for the GI Bill. This can help you get free tuition, plus a nice monthly check while you are in college.
- Access to Health Care: As a service member you can purchase Tri-Care, which is a low cost medical insurance for you and your family. Compared to private plans this option is much cheaper.
- Great Part-Time Pay: In most cases, you earn four days pay for two days of work each month. The pay is the “best” part-time job I’ve ever found.
- Travel: In some rare cases, you might get the opportunity to travel. This could be for your military education, for annual training or for a deployment.
- Pension: You can earn a military pension for serving part-time for 20 years. That could be a good financial decision considering most traditional companies no longer offer pensions.
- Job Skills: In the ARNG you can learn new job skills that make you more marketable in the work force outside the military. Best of all, you earn money while you get trained.
If you are considering serving in the Army National Guard, it would be in your best interest to sit down with a recruiter to learn more about what benefits you might qualify for. In addition, please know that some of the benefits might change from time to time, so make sure you verify what you will get before you sign your name to the dotted line.
If you can think of some other benefits of the Army National Guard just leave a comment to this post to share your thoughts.
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